Two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber has fractured a bone in his hand, an injury that will delay his start as Miss Trunchbull in Broadway's Matilda The Musical. Ben Thompson, who has understudied the role, will perform in the interim, beginning March 18, which was Sieber's first-announced start date. Sieber is expected to begin performances at the Shubert Theatre April 8, provided his hand is officially healed.
Matilda, which originated in London, is based on the beloved children's novel by Roald Dahl. It currently runs at the Shubert Theatre. Matilda features a score by Tim Minchin, a Tony-winning book by Dennis Kelly, and direction by Matthew Warchus. It stars four young ladies rotating in the title role: Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, and Ava Ulloa, along with Jill Paice as Miss Honey, Lesli Margherita as Mrs. Wormwood, Matt Harrington as Mr. Wormwood, and Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps.
Sieber is not the first performer to be injured preparing to take on the role. Craig Bierko, who was the initial replacement for original cast member Bertie Carvel, bowed out of the show completely after hurting his shoulder.
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